From Bohemian Hell Hole: “Vintage German Picture Books Are Amazing”

These illustrations are amazing because they’re incredibly detailed. Check more out here and prepare to be momentarily distracted.

There is also a German picture book similar to the slightly disturbing Grimm’s Fairy Tales (not the kid-friendly Disney versions) that relay stories of morality, originally published in 1845. Considered a “bedtime classic,” author Heinrich Hoffman wrote tales of “children who are — with gleeful abandon — immolated, humiliated, and mutilated by men with giant scissors” and many other more gruesome – sometimes fatal – tales. That sounds like a great story to scare the dickens out of children, right? Check out the illustrations here. Proceed at your own risk.

Source: Bohemian Hellhole

From Brain Pickings: More Books on Writing and Reading

An illustration in the 1959 version of The Elements of Style, illustrated by Maira Kalman.

The list of books written about writing or reading is exhaustive and too numerous to even count. Brain Pickings main blogger, Maria Popova chose nine of her favorite books on writing and reading and explained why everyone should read them. A couple that are more well-known are Stephen King’s, On Writing, which Popova describes as “part master-blueprint, part memoir, part meditation on the writer’s life,” and The Elements of Style by E.B. White and William Strunk.

Some not so well-known, but still highly recommended books, are How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler, hailed as a “living classic” because “it deals with the fundamental and unchanging mesmerism of the written word.” Another is How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish. Popova says this isn’t just another guide on how to craft your writing, “it’s also a rich and layered exploration of language as an evolving cultural organism.” Perhaps these books aren’t going to be high on your summer reading list, but they are worth the read if you aspire to write and improve in that area.

Social Media Will Help Boost Your Design Careers

Creative Bloq posted a list of the top 25 things designers can do to boost their design career by using social media. With social media growing in popularity and becoming a fast and easy way to network and show off your creative skills, it is essential that designers looking to break into the field understand the do’s and don’t’s and the best ways to come off both professionally and creatively.

Behance is an online portfolio site that will showcase your work and allow you to interact with other designers.

One recommendation was to Present Your Portfolio. This means your online portfolio is a must and it must showcase your best work, as well. “If the images can’t tell the full story of your creative genius, then provide commentary and context to explain why you’re so awesome.”

Other recommendations are to Follow People Who Follow People because the better and more connected your social network is, the more job opportunities could arise; also, Emulate Your Idols, or do what the people you aspire to be like do with their social media profile. They must be doing something right!

Connect your social media profiles together using IFTTT.

Updating your profile constantly is a must as it’s “part of the marketing mix and should make it abundantly clear that you’re awesome and should be hired immediately,” and finally, Ignore the Idiots. In the world of social media, it’s easy to be anonymous and say things you wouldn’t normally say to a person face-to-face. It might be difficult to ignore, but they will eventually go away if you don’t provoke them because they see that you are doing better things with your life that does not involve taking the time to type out a curt response.